In 2011 I saw a notice that some Sydneysiders wanted to start a factory for children to write stories. Intrigued by the idea, and mildly concerned about the potential of a clickbait kid sweatshop ring, I attended a meeting about it at a packed out pub in Eveleigh.
Fast forward three years later after that excited meeting of ideas, The Story Factory had been fully established, and I made time after finishing my uni degree to volunteer.
The experience there couldn't be further away from exploitation. The Sydney Story Factory aka the Martian Embassy is a hive of curiosity and creativity where young people participate in wild writing workshops on everything from poetry, to podcasting, all with hands on mentoring and guidance from passionate and patient volunteers.
I can’t put into words how incredible and important the work of the Factory is. There are many Indigenous students, and programs, as well as children who have English as their second language. My mother is a teacher, and one of her laments is she wishes she had more time to give individual feedback to students. The Factory is a place where this happens, where tests are not administered, and works are showcased and published.
Hit give now and please help me support Sydney Story Factory. Every dollar is sacred! To keep up my part I’ll be spending the month of September producing the first three episodes of a feminist podcast for 2ser that I hope to release in late 2016.